Track Review: Motel Carnation's 'Saul'
Motel Carnation are, as a collective, newcomers to the North East music scene, but individually the three-piece are no strangers to the industry.
Made up of former (and current) members of bands Deep.Sleep, Casual Threats, Coquin Migale and Scalaesia, it’d be reasonable to suggest these guys have a fair amount of experience under their belts. ‘Saul’, their debut release, shows this pedigree in spades…
Guitars laden with reverb open the track in stabs, which gracefully tumble into its opening chorus. Somehow intense and passionate while trippy and sultry all at the same time, frontman Alex’s breathy vocals transport the listener to somewhere else. It’s a track that is very sure of itself, and one which exudes a quiet confidence under its dark indie surface.
Everything the band have revealed aesthetically so far appears extremely luxurious, and before having heard ‘Saul’ there was admittedly a slight concern of a potential “style over substance” type approach. Within the first 20 seconds of the song, it’s proven that their music sounds as expensive as their visuals look, with their influences like Foals and Peace ringing true throughout.
The band speak about ‘Saul’ as being “a love song outlining ones passionate and intense love for another which is only returned at the lover’s convenience,” a universally relatable topic which will resonate with much of its audience.
Motel Carnation have vowed they have much more up their sleeves than has been revealed so far, and after such a triumphant debut, I am inclined to believe them…
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Photography by Cameron Craggs